Jenson Button managed to make it through to the top 10 shoot-out and will line up for tomorrow’s race in ninth place.
However, his team-mate failed to make it through to Q3 and was eliminated in the second segment of qualifying. Kevin Magnussen will start the Canadian Grand Prix from 12th place.
The team had looked slightly more competitive on Friday, but slipped down the order slightly in the third and final practice session.
Set-up changes were made to both cars during the two-hour break. They worked, but Magnussen was unable to improve on his earlier banker lap.
The Danish rookie said after qualifying: “The car actually feels good – there’s not much I’d do to change the set-up – but the car’s lack of downforce means that we’re not quick enough.”
Button narrowly missed out on eighth by two hundredths of a second, but he will start on the clean side of the grid.
Williams and Force India looked strong in race trim during practice, as did Red Bull and Ferrari, so McLaren have a tough task ahead of them in tomorrow’s race if they want to register another double points finish.
McLaren is currently fifth in the constructors’ standings with 52 points, the same number as Williams.
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